My wife is a half-Italian native of the Jersey Shore, and while there are many things she’s learned to like about the Midwest in 25 years living here, our pizza is not one of them. It is, she tells me, too cheesy, too greasy, inadequately spiced and utterly without nuance.

Grudgingly, I have to admit she’s right. The pizza Pam grew up with in the east is way better than what we have out here. So, mostly we go without.

That may have to change because, as evidenced by this press release, Pizza Ranch deserves my hearty support:

Pheasants Forever’s “First Bird” program sponsored by Pizza Ranch was developed in 2008 to recognize the accomplishments of youth hunters who successfully bagged their first upland bird. Pizza Ranch is looking to add to the initial success of the “First Bird” program by stepping forward to support youth mentor hunts in local communities. PF chapters based in the same town or area as a Pizza Ranch have the opportunity to partner with their neighboring franchise to create a local youth mentor hunt. All participating chapters will receive 24 blaze orange hunting caps and a banner to publicize the event. Chapters can become involved by simply contacting their nearby Pizza Ranch.

How many businesses do you know of that go out of their way to support youth hunting like that? Off the top of my head, I can think of exactly none. Granted, Pizza Ranch is an upper Midwestern franchise that doesn’t have to worry about offending delicate sensibilities on either coast. Nevertheless, the company is doing a good thing, and it deserves to be recognized and applauded. Who cares if Pizza and Ranching are not concepts that go together? I’m eating there.